Stampede for VIPS 5K races to help visually impaired children

Stampede for VIPS 5K races to help visually impaired children
The race benefits the Visually Impaired Preschool Services, helping young children dealing with visual impairments. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The race benefits the Visually Impaired Preschool Services, helping young children dealing with visual impairments. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
While the weather was gloomy and cold, hundreds raced on through a course leading around the University of Louisville campus. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
While the weather was gloomy and cold, hundreds raced on through a course leading around the University of Louisville campus. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Joe Quintanilla, a visually impaired runner from Boston, came down to compete with other visually impaired racers in support of the 5K.(Source: WAVE 3 News)
Joe Quintanilla, a visually impaired runner from Boston, came down to compete with other visually impaired racers in support of the 5K.(Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Hundreds of children and adults got the chance to run through University of Louisville campus to benefit the blind and visually impaired on Saturday.

The Dr. Mark Lynn & Associates Stampede for VIPS 5K run took participants on a guided course starting at the Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium and making several stops throughout the university. The event also included family-friendly activities and a "fun run" for kids.

Unique to this race is its Blind/Visually Impaired division for runners who are dealing with visual impairments themselves.

"It gives me an opportunity to run and compete with other blind people," said Joe Quintanilla, who traveled from Boston to run in the Stampede for VIPS 5K. "I get to know what else is going on in the blind community in different parts of the country and make some great friends in this area."

Proceeds from the race go to Visually Impaired Preschool Services, which helps educate and provide intervention services to young children who are blind or visually impaired.

This is the 13th year for the event.

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